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Guilty or not guilty: Palace leaves fate of ex-PNP chief Albayalde to court

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang has left to the discretion of the court to decide on the recommendation of the Senate to file charges against former Philippine National Police chief Police General Oscar Albayalde and 13 other cops over a 2013 drug operation.

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee earlier recommended the filing of graft and drug charges against Albayalde and his former men for their role in the Pampanga drug raid.

They were accused of reselling P1 billion worth of seized methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

“Gaya ng sinabi na namin nung nakaraan araw, kung ano man ang findings ng kanilang rekomendasyon, whether or not cases will be filed, the nature of cases filed against them will be discretion na yun ng mga prosecutors that will assess the evidence, kung ano dapat ang i-file,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in an interview on DZIQ Sunday.

“Whether or not guilty sila o hindi, nasa hukuman na yun, assuming na maka pasa yun sa prosecutors level,” added Panelo.

The Palace official said President Rodrigo Duterte is still awaiting the results of the investigation conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on the “ninja cops” controversy.

“Sabi ni Pangulong Duterte, he will act on the recommendation of the DILG secretary sa kanyang imbestigasyon. Sinabi nya lang na merong investigation sa Senado pero hindi sya makilkilama dun, at ang hinihintay niya yung imbestigasyon naman ng DILG Secretary. Ang (Philippine National Police) PNP ay under sa DILG,” he also said.

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